• Sep 22nd 2010 at 4:00PM
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Cadillac is doing its best to secure its spot in the ever-growing Chinese auto market, and according to sources culled by Automobile, the luxury marque may have even gone so far as to sponsor a documentary on the rise of the communist party in the People's Republic. Depending on which translation you believe, the name of the film is either "The Birth of a Party" or "The Great Achievement of Founding the Party" (both are pretty catchy) and the sponsorship is part of a drive to get the word out about its long-wheel base SLS.

With the number of wealthy individuals in China growing by the day, it should come as no surprise to hear about The Crest doing whatever it can to promote its products in the country. Still, as Automobile points out, it's only a matter of time before some yokel with an internet connection begins drawing imaginary connections and calling GM out for its contributions to communism.

[Source: Automobile]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      So, what if Cadillac is selling over there like the GREAT Buick. Americans buy foreign cars so why be upset when we sell to, or inverst in other countries. This country is more corrupt then any country on earth. Our government has more under the table deals with foreign countries than they do with their own businesses. You keep buying foreign you morons, but don't complain when your kids can't find a good paying American job. They have all gone to the countries you hate with OUR governments blessing and HELP. I'm an American, I speak English and BUY AMERICAN, AND PROUD OF IT! Any one who doesn't like it.........YOU DON'T WANT ME TO FINISH THIS!!!!!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't think anyone has a problem with them selling in China, or anywhere for that matter. What people do have a problem with is General Motors embracing their form of government, especially when they serve to represent us over there.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Obama approves of this.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why would this surprise anyone ? Obama Motors has many Communists among its ranks as so aptly pointted out by that "crazy man" Glenn Beck.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Which model is pictured here?
      The current Chinese communist party is communist in name only, for the most part.
      • 5 Years Ago
      There is no such thing as true capitalism, if there was, America's domestic auto industry might not exist right now. Hypocrisy anyone?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Thanks for descending to the level of Free Republic, y'all. Extreme non-story.

      Separately, I still don't get why they don't sell the SLS here. It's a much, much nicer car than the DTS, it's all engineered and could be built at Lansing Grand River with a minimum of investment, and it's not like LGR is exactly maxed out at the moment.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't ever comment much, but I would like to put my two cents into this discussion:

      Point 1: I find it interesting that people slam Fox News because of it's conservative slant. Yes, I agree that although it promotes itself as being fair and unbiased, it is a conservative news source and thus approaches the news from that direction. What I find laughable is the people who believe all of the other networks are unbiased. Fox News was a direct result of a need for people who got tired of hearing news from all of the other news sources which are liberal-biased. Whatever you want to call people for getting their news from Fox applies to you as well for thinking that CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, etc. do not have their own agendas in reporting the news.

      Point 2: We have a problem in this country with really knowing who and what we are. We think we are a democracy, but aren't we a republic. We think we are capitalist, but aren't we really more socialist. Actually, I really don't know what we are, but I know what we want to think we are: a pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps country where anyone can be president, where capitalism reigns, and we value freedom, individualism, and numerous other heart-tugging ideas. We say we are capitalists and that is the great thing of America, but a lot of what we don't like is capitalism. Banks making as much money as they can while screwing someone else is the capitalistic way. It's grinding the workers down and throwing them away to get the last penny. We want to adhere to our so-called capitalism until we go broke for doing something stupid then we want the government to step in and bail us out. China is doing the same thing. It wants to hang on the so-called great and glorious days of the revolution while forgetting what an utter failure it was. So like someone previously said, they are a dictatorship with a combination of government and corporate control and influence, yet they still idealize the old communist ideals while dismissing most of them in real life. The US loves capitalism, but we don't come close to following it.

      Point 3: Yes, I am a conservative, but I don't believe all the hand-me-downs given on talk radio. These radio shows: Hannity, Rush, etc. have flip-flopped with their concerns with Obama. During Bush, they never worried about the deficit or other ideas they are hammering Obama about. Now they are. Hey, it's all about money. They just talk about the issues in a way that scares people or gets them angry so they can keep listeners and make money from advertising. Liberal shows are the same way. They don't care about us or the country, but are intensely capitalistic in their desire to make more money.

      Point 4: Too many of us spend too much time on the internet. If you read any comments, there are few that offer much intelligent conversation in an exchange of ideas in the comment sections. Most are just calling other people stupid or morons, and then they really degenerate into being nasty. So we sit around and get fat, have more medical problems, need more prescription drugs, have higher medical costs, complain about higher medical costs that arise because of our obesity and idleness. And so we spiral downward as a society.

      Point 5: I'm going to start reading more good books and get off the internet. Good night and good luck.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Carinfo -

        great points you make!

        I would just like to correct one thing: the assertion that capitalism is a bank that rapes people. It's not capitalism, that's greed.

        As I've expounded upon elsewhere, capitalism is essentially the interdependent action of a free people. The moment greed comes into the picture, like with Bernie Madoff, what you have is no longer capitalism. You either have a dictatorship, socialism (rule by an elite class), communism (harsh rule by an even more elite class), or Monarchy, but you don't have capitalism. True capitalism requires good morals, because it is understood that it is an essential component of a healthy economy. True capitalism recognizes that the moment you screw someone, you've threatened your own existence. True capitalism only operates in a way that helps people because it is a product of the people and only through a healthy people can it grow.

        You might try to put stripes on a horse, but those with eyes can easily tell it's no zebra.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Some very good points in that well thought out comment Carinfo. I don't agree with everything you said but most of it is right on the mark.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Its no different than giving money to the Democratic party in the USA...a sister socialist organization...bent on caring for all the needs of the people, cradle to grave health care, all things and and people are property of the state. All hail to the true red party...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Like Autoblog isn't stirring the pot by adding the comment about "yokels." ha.

      I don't see why it's "drawing imaginary connections" to criticize GM for sponsoring a communist film in an up and coming world power, considering a large part of GM is owned by the US government.
      Roni
      • 5 Years Ago
      If a YOKEL makes a comment that same humanoid should check out where his/her pants are made, ditto for shirt, socks, shoes.

      I believe it is a terrific idea that we sell our stuff over in China, we buy theirs, they should have the opportunity to buy ours.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sounds like the author of this story is the yokel. A little psychological projection there Zach?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Caddy, you Cads. You sellouts.
      Lame. Money, power, greed: the communist way.

      Capitalism requires morals, but this Caddy is part of a socialist movement in U.S. government that has little to do with capitalism and lot to do with socialism, and now communism. Capitalism would never sellout the fundamentals that makes it possible or the people who have given their lives for the cause: http://www.rockandreview.com/blog/post.cfm/paying-the-ultimate-price-cpt-robert-vallejo-ii

      Poor Taste, Caddy. You should be ashamed of yourselves.

      You need to export the ideals of freedom of action, civil rights and freedom of religion, not oppression and suppression and slavery.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @theedude - that's simply not true. Again we are dealing with false definitions here. What you classify as capitalism (outsourcing of American automotive industry) is not capitalism. It's socialism.

        Outsourcing is a form socialism, not capitalism because it removes the over-sight of production and the benefit thereof away from those who would control the final purchase of that product to an area where slave labor is used to gain an edge in profits. i.e. greed: profit at the expense of another.

        Outsourcing artificially removes capital from the area where the original capital is used to purchase the product. It is a form of involuntary wealth equalization, in other words theft, or FRAUD.

        Only dishonest and short-sighted business people would outsource. Even a kindergartner knows that if you constantly empty your sandbox of sand and don't refill it, eventually there will be no sand to play with. It's the same for business. True capitalism would not empty a market of wealth by outsourcing because eventually you decimate the market that made you because the workers that are now out of work have no money with which to purchase the product. An outsourced-only economy will not survive. Outsourcing is not a mechanism of capitalism, it's a socialist mechanism like an agent of war that exports capital from one market to another.

        It is the duty of honest citizens to reject these notions and false labels and characterizations of capitalism and to protect their wealth and prevent any other entity from usurping their rights, including their means of production and making a living.

        Be aware of wolves in sheep's clothing!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not communist? China is an odd marriage between corporatism and communism, where as you still have *government ownership of the means of production (majority stakes in pretty much everything)* but the management is corporate, often foreign as well.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Mike,

        The very Democratic policies you say created the middle class have also contributed to the outsourcing of jobs you blame on greedy Republicans.

        This is as simple as you make it out to be as there is plenty of blame to go around.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "You need to export the ideals of freedom of action, civil rights and freedom of religion, not oppression and suppression and slavery."

        How would you suggest we do that? Flower power? or by invading countries and forcing our ideals on them? Oh wait, we already did that in Iraq where we "exported democracy" to a population that could seemingly care less for it.
        • 5 Years Ago

        China isnt communist you twit.

        And the US has been a socialist leaning country since the 1950's. Last i checked that america many have been bitching about has been lost has been the one where rich were getting taxed at a 91% clip. That was under Eisenhower a Republican if there ever was one.

        • 5 Years Ago
        @Mike!!ekiM - I hope your not trying to characterize my points by trying to claim I'm a democrat and that your a republican. Or that all corrupt companies are ran by democrats. That's a polarization of a multi-faceted issue. It's not really about political parties, it's about freedom and greed, something that can transcend political parties. FRAUD has at it's root greed. Anything that threatens true freedom is an enemy of that freedom.

        Again it can be a case of wolves in sheep's clothing. Just because something happens and people affix a certain name to it in an effort to assign blame, does not mean it is so. Careful examination must be made as to the true cause. Wise people will not be so mislead by misappropriations.

        None of what you mentioned is democracy, it's in-fact corruption and proves my point.

        "Corporate thieves" as you put them, do not have true capitalism as a goal, they have been influenced by greed-based systems such as socialism, communism, monarchy or dictatorships.

        Just because you have some corruption doesn't mean that the individuals cannot self-govern and deal with FRAUD and greed in an appropriate manner. It also does not prove that capitalism is the culprit. Those situations are not excuse to exchange freedom for servitude. Although dishonest people would offer that up as the only choice, it's a false choice, and again proves the point and reveals the wolf.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Rock, please read my post a bit slower.
        The party for Fraud is the "Republican" party.
        If you want to get screwed, vote Republican or Tea Party.
        If you want some protection from crooks, and thieves, you've got to vote Democrat. The Democratic party can be pushed to represent the people. The "Republican" party cannot, it's completely sold out.

        And again, demanding that crooks do some jail time, isn't Socialism.
        When crooks break a sustainable insurance market, with fraud, either you put the crooks in jail, or you simply take the game away from them. It was their choice, they chose Fraud.

        • 5 Years Ago
        @GhostofPerdition - you have no legitimate points so you name call? You've removed all credibility your following statements may have had, with that superficial move.

        @paul34 - well thought response, but I disagree with the first part of it. Companies that are controlled by state participate in politics by default. Have you never heard of "wolves in sheep's clothing?" China is a communism, they are governed by the single-party CPC. They are simply using capitalistic products as a means to an end and perverting them in the process.

        Socialism attempts to have a few state-run companies supply all the goods. The end result is no choice and short supply.

        Communism attempts to decide, like socialism what is best for the individual, but assessing the group as a whole, forgetting that a chain is made by many individual links, and the poor health of one causes ruin to the whole. Communism, is like socialism short-sighted, limiting choice and causing artificial shorteges.

        Democracy, the free-market or capitalism (as it has been vilified and mis-defined) , opens the door to choice by the individual, and all means of production, decisions and therefore control of one's destiny lie with the individual. It is the only system that allows for the fundamental human right of choice and as such requires that the system operate upon basic moral principles. True capitalism understands that growth for depends upon the health of the individual that provides that capitalism. Thus a truly capitalistic company operates in a way that protects the rights and choices of the individual. A gamble that pays off more often than not. This has been the catalyst that has propelled America and the west far beyond the meager gains of the rest of the world in the previous 5,000 years. It is even robust enough to sustain serious attacks on it's definition and operation, allowing even the corrupt to gain from the system. Ultimately if the individual fails to intervene, the system dies and innovation is lost.

        I agree with your assessment that western means of communication and ideas are having some impact on the closed country. However, China is taking the good parts and clamping down on them to use as they see fit and to limit communication. No messages of freedom or of religion are allowed through their filters w/o extensive scrutiny. It's of little use to freedom to see watered-down American products that support the communist party, no matter how small. It only gives the CPC a sense that they are winning the information war to see America and the west bend to their commands. No amount of money is worth that.

        Slavery comes in innocuous, seemingly harmless ways, but it always ends the same: at the barrel of a gun. Another Mao is but a heartbeat away. Caddy should be proud to be fighting that arcane system of conformity and doing their all to make the most of every opportunity to proclaim the right of freedom to all who are bound.

        Unlike in a true capitalistic environment, the only people making money in China are the slave masters, not the "common" people. Which is another sign it's not true capitalism, because only capitalism provides a means for a class-less society. And the only reason they have that money is because it has been shipped, boat-load, from the west by short-sighted, borderline-treasonous, socialistic corporate CEO's and government employees who have long since been blinded by greed.

        Both socialism and communism provide for central control in a downward manner, whereas true capitalism has a more robust decentralized control system in the people at the local level that provides for bottom up management.

        It's easier to identify the wolves in sheep's clothing when you notice the greed, which is really pride and quickly takes the form of a dictatorial system that replaces the needs of the individual for the goals of the one on top.

        We all need to take a more earnest look at the facts and mechanisms for human motivation. We need to realize that China is in it to win it, and they will use any means necessary to achieve their goals. Even if it means putting a veil over communism and trying to pass it off as capitalism to a misinformed few.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Mike!!ekiM - I read your post in the correct order and at a suitable speed.

        Like I said, it's not about political parties on this one.
        It's a misunderstanding of terms. Wolves can be found hiding under just about any type of veil that lets them hide there, either Republican or Democrat. Sides can be corrupted because they are usually more concerned with winning than with the truth.

        Who said that putting crooks in jail was socialism? That is in-fact something socialism will not do, because the rights are removed from the people and justice is perverted and relegated to a certain social class.
        Only a true capitalistic society will punish criminals for their ill-doing, and it unlike the brand of "justice" in a socialism, is blind, giving no favor to class, but to the truth.
        In a true capitalistic society, power resides with the people, not with a king or other ruling few.

        Please do not try to confuse people by mislabeling what these systems are with your misunderstanding of them.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @theedude

        "theedude 6:54PM (9/22/2010)

        There is no such thing as true capitalism, if there was, America's domestic auto industry would probably no longer exist, except for maybe Ford. Hypocrisy anyone?"

        - I took your comments to imply that with true capitalism America's domestic auto industry would either be outsourced or bailed out by government or both.

        If I misunderstood your point, I apologize.

        Either way, I don't think that's true at all. Just because the U.S. auto industry has been suffering corruption and mismanagement for decades, doesn't prove healthy capitalism the culprit. I think that it is precisely the opposite, without the healthy free market, it would have been gone long ago. Because, again capitalism protects the market that built it, because it is controlled by the people who have a collective, vested interest in individual success, unafforded by socialism. You can also define capitalism as the people and socialism as the "elite."

        I watched all of the hearings with the auto execs, and was very impressed that Ford had enough foresight to do the right thing. I think they scored a lot of points with the public with that move. I appreciate GM vehicles, as I used to work on the line assembling the Escalade, Tahoe and Suburban. But I cannot stand that they thought the only way to survive was to take a government-backed bailout on the backs of the public. They should have had enough faith that a great product line and hard work would have paid off.
        • 5 Years Ago
        There is no such thing as true capitalism, if there was, America's domestic auto industry would probably no longer exist, except for maybe Ford. Hypocrisy anyone?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Here's more evidence of the amount of theft that has occurred.
        The US has the income distribution of a Third World Country.
        Reaganism is a 35 year experiment in the Failure of the United States of America. Listening to some Corporate News Media Representative like Limbaugh, Beck and Fox "News" isn't going to fix this mess.

        http://www.lcurve.org

        The only economic policies that grew the middle class were policies like FORD's pay plan of making workers Richer, instead of funding economic studies to justify making them poorer. And Roosevelt's economic policies. The funny thing is "socialism" has a great track record.

        • 5 Years Ago
        "What you classify as capitalism (outsourcing of American automotive industry) is not capitalism. It's socialism."

        When did I say that? You just wrote an unnecessarily long reply to something I never said. I was talking about the government intervention, not outsourcing.

        Your comments about wolves in sheep's clothing, and socialism not punishing criminals, it completely describes the vast majority of these two bit hack politicians running America.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wrestling Control of our Democracy away from Corporate Thieves isn't "Socialism".

        Why is it impossible for "Republicans" to say the word: FRAUD?
        - Because many of you are crooks?
        - Insurance Industry: Rescission: Insurance Fraud where the company revokes coverage of the sickest 2-3% of legal policy holders! Fraud.
        - Wall Street: Madoff, and how many others. Republicans tied the hands of the SEC to allow Wall Street Mortgage Fraud to run rampant.
        - Supreme Court makes legal Corporate Propaganda and Campaign SMEARS.
        That's Democracy? To allow a corporation to lie and smear with a billion dollar war chest?

        You call it "Socialism". I call it: "The RETURN of LAW and ORDER".

        There's a New Sheriff in Town.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Huh? GM is a company, not a political group.

        I disagree with your interpretation of capitalism.

        Here is what I see happening here: Capitalism and the West are getting some free screen time here. Have you noticed what has happened to traditionally closed countries which engage in trade with the US, even limited trade? Let's look at Iran. Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube really did a lot of damage to the government there. They managed to contain it for now, but now that the flame is lit, it will never be put out. Eventually, the government there will tumble from within (assuming no other country decides to interfere).

        China opened themselves up to limited capitalism, and now is a much wealthier, more advanced, and better country than it has ever been since the rise of the Communist Party. Millions of people have been lifted out of poverty into the middle class. Chinese people see American and other Western brands and culture on a daily basis.

        The best way to spread Western ideals of liberty, self-determination, and capitalism is simply to engage in free trade - not just of goods, but also of information and ideas. People will eventually have no choice but to see the differences and the advantages the Western style of doing things has to offer. If they choose otherwise, that is fine - they are free to perpetuate their outdated form of government, and live in pointless poverty.
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